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EXTENSION OF THE RESIDUAL VARIABLE METHOD TO PROPAGATION PROBLEMS AND ITS APPLICATION TO THE WAVE-EQUATION IN CYLINDRICAL COORDINATES

1992-08-03
AKKAS, N
Tokdemir, Turgut
Consider a partial differential equation with cylindrical coordinates describing a dynamic process in an infinite medium with an inner cylindrical boundary. If an analytical solution to the problem is not possible, then one resorts to numerical techniques. In this case it becomes necessary to discretize the infinite domain even if the solution is required on the inner cylindrical surface or at a limited number of points in the domain only. The residual variable method (RVM) circumvents the difficulty associated with the discretization of the infinite domain. In essence, the governing equation is integrated once in a radial direction. The number of the spatial dimensions of the problem is reduced by one. It is now possible to determine the solution on the inner boundary without having to deal with the infinite domain. It is shown in this paper that the RVM is amenable to 'marching' solutions in a finite-difference implementation and that it is suitable for the analysis of propagation into the infinite medium from the inner surface. There is no need to discretize the infinite domain in its entirety at all. The propagation analysis can be terminated at any point in the radial direction without having to consider the rest.